Grade 9 English

Course Description:

This course focuses on developing students’ reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. The course content is designed to expose students to a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts as well as non-print material (films, photographs, paintings, YouTube) to build their general knowledge and lay a solid foundation for Grade 10, and offer the best chance of success for the AP English course offered in Grade 11 and 12. Students will learn how to communicate accurately and effectively through written and spoken tasks and be encouraged to continue to develop their comprehension and analytical skills. Written assignments will begin to prepare students for college, the workforce and life in a technological society where they will need the ability to gather, comprehend, evaluate, synthesize, and report on information and ideas, and to conduct original research in order to answer questions or solve problems.

Units:

  • Fiction
  • Non-fiction
  • Poetry
  • Drama

Skills and Understandings:

Students will

  • Understand the author’s intentions.
  • Respond to written and visual stimulate.
  • Express themselves in clear and concise English.
  • Understand cultural undertones in literature.
  • Understand the importance of expressing their own views.
  • Understand the importance of conducting research before forming opinions.

This course upholds the KAS Mission Statement by:

  • Allowing students to study works from different cultures.
  • Encouraging students to compare and contrast works from different cultures.
  • Teaching students to accept and respect differences even if they do not understand them.
  • Teaching students tolerance.

 

Grade 10 English

Course Description:

This course presupposes that students have an established grounding in Language Arts. It necessitates that they are familiar with literary devices such as metaphor, simile, hyperbole, alliteration, allegory and personification. It is expected that students can read well and infer meaning comfortably, as well as appreciate higher-level literary texts. Their writing skills and spoken skills should be at a level where they can express themselves clearly using the conventions of good English. The course will deal with previously taught literary genres using a more critical approach.

Units:

  • Writing a Personal Essay (This I Believe)
  • Drama (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
  • Reading for Details (The Dystopian Novel),
  • Responding to Literature (Renaissance Poetry)
  • Critical Reading (Responding to Literature: A Thousand Splendid Suns)

Skills and Understandings:

Students will:

  • Write a Personal Essay,
  • Develop Confidence through Role Play
  • Draw Inferences
  • Develop Critical Reading Skills
  • Write an Academic Essay
  • Understand Figurative Language (The Extended Metaphor in Shakespeare)
  • Study the Social and Political Background of a Novel
  • Gain an introduction to Gender Studies
This course upholds the KAS Mission Statement by:
  • Integrating skills into lessons that go beyond the classroom such as: critical thinking, responsibility, teaching the acceptance of others, teamwork, sharing stories from around the world and sharing individual life-experiences.

 

Grade 11 English (African Literature)


Course Description:

This course will focus on African Literature, with the study of myths, short stories, poetry, and novels written by Africans or about Africa.  African Literature is a yearlong course covering a variety of readings that draw upon African political conditions over the millennia and their effects on the African people. Students read works by African writers, both black and white, and grapple with themes focused principally on complex human tensions that portray individuals who struggle to avoid, confront, or change the conditions under which they live.  Students read literary works, listen to musical compositions and utilize visual media to investigate the African Diasporas, periods of colonization, the process of de-colonization, and the post-colonial periods.  In order to understand and give context to the texts we study, there will be a large research component to this course, as well as requisite reading, writing, and presenting.

Units:

  • Tradition Folktales & Storytelling
  • The Heroic Cycle
  • Colonialism & Perspective
  • African Novel Study
  • African Non-Fiction
  • Memoirs

Skill and Understandings:

Students will:

  • Understand euro-centric and afro-centric perspectives on Africa
  • Understand how context influences meaning
  • Understand the history and influence of colonialism on Africa
  • Be able to express themselves clearly and concisely in writing and speech
  • Collaborate with others and respect a variety of perspectives
  • Develop an appreciation for African Literature
  • Be able to support their arguments with specific evidence
  • Be able to identify and interpret author’s choices (Style, tone, technique, language, etc.)

This course upholds the KAS Mission statement by:

  • Encouraging cooperation and responsible collaboration
  • Allowing students to reflect upon the world and their role in it as global citizens
  • Fostering self-discipline and social awareness

 

Grade 12 English

Course Description:

This course focuses on understanding human experience from a global, historical, and personal perspective.  We will study a variety of poetry, short stories, biography, current events, personal essays, non-fiction, and novels.  This course is designed to prepare students for college level English, and necessitates a high level of commitment and engagement.  Essay writing, grammar, reading comprehension, close reading, historical context and meaning, and literary analysis are the main focal points of this course.  Students are encouraged to work independently and to be responsible for the development of personal opinion, voice, and understanding.

Units:

  • Personal Essay Writing
  • Novel Study
  • Shakespeare Play
  • Independent Documentary Analysis
  • Speech Writing and Delivery.

Skill and Understandings:

Students will:

  • Understand how social responsibility and literature are connected
  • Understand how context contributes to meaning
  • Understand what makes a reliable source, and how to research effectively
  • Understand what makes effective writing
  • Be able to articulate themselves clearly and concisely
  • Be able to defend their arguments with specific evidence
  • Be able to edit and evaluate their own work and the work of others
  • Be able to analyze a wide variety of texts
  • Be able to identify and interpret author’s choices such as tone, imagery, metaphor, symbolism, diction, and syntax.

This course upholds the KAS Mission statement by:

  • Encouraging cooperation and responsible collaboration
  • Allowing students to reflect upon the world and their role in it as global citizens
  • Fostering self-discipline and social awareness through critical inquiry

 

Writing Lab

Course Description: MS HS Writing Lab

 

MS HS Writing Lab course is designed to build upon previous skills and understandings in order to prepare students for writing across the curriculum in middle and high school. Students should be able to produce unified, coherent, and well-developed essays using standard written English. Effort will be concentrated in three major areas:

1. The Writing Process: Mastering the prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing process within required time constraints and developing the ability to judge one's own work effectively.

2. Development of Ideas: Expanding ideas with vocabulary and voice appropriate to audience and purpose.

3. Effective Expression: Developing language appreciation and expression through elements of punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, and diction.

The major assignments in this course will include: expository writing, persuasive writing, creative writing, and responding to a variety of texts.

Units:

  1. Creative Writing (may include):
    1. Narrative
    2. Descriptive
    3. Poetry
    4. Non-fiction
    5. Letters
    6. E-mail & SMS
  2. Persuasive (may include):
    1. Opinion
    2. Non-fiction
    3. Speech
    4. Debate
    5. Argument Analysis
  3. Expository (may include):
    1. Compare & Contrast
    2. Lab Reports
    3. Cause & Effect
    4. Recipes
    5. Research
    6. Instructions
    7. Summary
  4. Responding to Texts (may include):
    1. Personal Response
    2. Literary Devices
    3. Compare & Contrast
    4. Journals
    5. Book Report & Review
    6. Discussion
    7. Film Studies

Skill and Understandings:

Students will:

  • Understand the writing process
  • Understand what makes writing effective
  • Understand and appreciate the writing of others
  • Understand different conventions of writing

Students will be able to:

  • Effectively edit their own and others’ writing
  • Evaluate their own work
  • Express themselves concisely, clearly and fluently
  • Write for different genres and audiences
  • Express their personal style and voice
  • Correctly apply writing conventions

This course upholds the KAS Mission statement by:

  • Encouraging collaboration between students from different cultural backgrounds and academic abilities.
  • Encouraging students to read, analyze and respect writing from a variety of cultures and develop their own views on global issues.
  • Teaching students to be accountable and objective in their writing, and enabling them to be sensitive and considerate of different opinions.
  • Teaching students to develop an awareness of their role in the international community.

 

Advanced Placement Literature and Language

Course Description:

This course is designed to prepare students for college level writing and analysis of a wide variety of literature.  Writing instruction will focus on rhetoric, style, and structure.  Increasing the lexicon and vernacular of every student is a high priority for this course, especially due to the diversity of cultural and linguistics backgrounds represented.  Both writing and the development of hermeneutic and critical/analytical skills are at the core of this course, and extensive work will be done to allow students freedom to interpret and the skill base to convey their interpretations.   Close reading and identification and explanation of literary devices, as well as tone, mood, atmosphere, theme, and meaning will permeate every text we study.  We will analyze and enjoy a wide range of literature that includes play, poems, novels, short stories, creative non-fiction, expository prose, articles, etc. and is representative of a variety of time periods, ethnicities, genders, and perspectives.  This requires some research in to the societal, cultural and historical context of each text, and will help to develop and broaden each individuals understanding of literature.

Units:

  • Place in Poetry& Short Story
  • Novel Study
  • Play Analysis
  • Close Reading & Response

Skill and Understandings:

Students will:

  • Understand what makes effective writing
  • Understand literary techniques such as tone, imagery, symbolism, diction and syntax.
  • Understand literary time periods and analytical frameworks
  • Understand how context influences meaning

  • Be able to articulate themselves in a concise and clear manner
  • Be able to do a close reading of many different texts
  • Develop personal voice in writing
  • Be able to support their argument with specific evidence
  • Foster an appreciation for literature
  • Be able to evaluate and edit their own work and the work of others

This course upholds the KAS Mission statement by:

  • Encouraging cooperation and responsible collaboration
  • Allowing students to reflect upon the world and their role in it as global citizens
  • Fostering self-discipline and social awareness through critical inquiry

 

Media Productions

Course Description:

Literacy is a complex idea that has changed exponentially in the last decade. Being literate today and in the future encompasses the ability to use and understand a variety of media. In Media Production, students will study all forms of media and analyze how media is used and understood in modern society. Students will promote a product of their choice through various media such as magazines, newspapers, radio, television, flyers and the internet.  Students will develop research, reading, writing, listening and speaking skills as they develop an advertising campaign to target audiences of different genders in different age groups and cultures through different media.

Units:

  • Presentation of Product
  • Develop advertisements for written media.
  • Develop advertisements for spoken media (radio)
  • Develop advertisements for visual media (TV/YouTube/Film)
  • Develop advertisements for the Internet (blogs/Facebook/Twitter/etc.)

Skill and Understandings:

Students will learn:

  • How to use effective language and imagery to illustrate their views.
  • How to address a given target audience.
  • How to manipulate language to influence opinion.

Students will understand:

  • How media is used to shape opinion.
  • How language is changed to suit different audiences.
  • That media cannot always be trusted.

This course upholds the KAS Mission statement by:

  • Teaching students to understand how cultural differences can influence perspective.
  • Teaching students to be sensitive to different cultural values.
  • Teaching the value of learning about different cultures.
  • Allowing students to seek an understanding of other perspectives and cultures and to communicate effectively with people from varied backgrounds.